Serena Abraham | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

College instructors’ beliefs and practices on technology integration in the classroom: A case study on technology integration based on a freshman seminar course taught at an urban public college

Serena Abraham, M.A. in Communication and Education

This qualitative study explores instructors’ beliefs and ideas about technology, and if and how these ideas influence their use of technology in the classroom. The study seeks to understand instructors’ comfort level and familiarity with technology. The study also introduces techniques to make a Freshman Seminar class in a public, urban college more engaging and interesting for its students through technology integration. Finally, it addresses whether or not technology can be used to strengthen and improve on the experience in the college’s Freshman Seminar course. Through surveys and interviews with instructors the research shows that although the instructors’ beliefs and ideas about technology influence their use of it in the classroom, it is not the only factor that influences their use of technology. Time and professional development also determine how and if technology is used in the course. The study shows that although the instructors are fairly comfortable and familiar with technology, they do not always use it in the classroom and rather stay within the frame of the traditional curriculum. The study also suggests that technology can be used to make the class material more engaging and motivating for the students.

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